Strike The Gay Harp jig

Also known as Fitzpatrick’s, Jackson’s Night Cap, The Night Dance, The Piper’s Welcome, Strike The Gay Harper.

There are 44 recordings of a tune by this name.

Strike The Gay Harp has been added to 194 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Strike The Gay Harp
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2B cBA|dAF FED|d2B cAA|dAF EFA|
def Bcd|ABA F2 E|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|
dcd fdf|aba afe|def afa|bge edB|
def afa|bgb a2g|fed dfe|dAF EFA:|
def def|dAF DFA|def def|dAF F2A|
def Bcd|ABA F2 E|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Strike The Gay Harp
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
def B3|ABA GFE|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|
ABC
X: 3
T: Strike The Gay Harp
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dcB cAA|cAG FED|dBd cAF|AGF EFA|dcB cAA|dAG FEF|DFA DFA|AGF EFA:|
|:~d3 fdf|a2a afe|ded fdf|e/f/ge ecA|~d3 fdf|a2a afe|dcB cAF|AGF EFA:|
|:def def|dAG|FED|def def|AGF EFA|def edc|dAG FED|D2D FEF|AGF EFA:|
ABC

Six comments

Nice Jig

I heard this piece off a Cheiftan’s Release many years ago. It is in the Oneil’s tunebook but they added a lot of ornamentation. Here is the simplified version. Enjoy.

Mark

Lovely tune

This is a nice pretty one. I’ve had it half-arranged on guitar for years, but it sounds great on a whistle.
It’s a tricky one on the harmonica, but I suppose I should learn it there too, just for the play on the name…

Minor variation

A local piper here in Toronto makes the last line (that is, the second half of the C section) sound like this:

def B3|ABA GFE|DED DEF|AFE EFA:|

which, I think, rocks.

—-Michael B.

The Piper’s Welcome

From ‘The Fiddler’s Companion’-

PIPER’S WELCOME, THE (Failte an Piobaire). AKA and see “Jackson’s Night Cap ,” “The Night Dance,” “Strike the Gay Harp,” “Strike the Young Harp.” Irish, Double Jig. D Major. Standard tuning. AABBCC. O’Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907/1986; No. 320, pg. 67.
X:1
T:Piper’s Welcome, The
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 320
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K:D
|:dcB cAA|cAG FED|dBd cAF|AGF EFA|dcB cAA|dAG FEF|DFA DFA|AGF EFA:|
|:~d3 fdf|a2a afe|ded fdf|e/f/ge ecA|~d3 fdf|a2a afe|dcB cAF|AGF EFA:|
|:def def|dAG|FED|def def|AGF EFA|def edc|dAG FED|D2D FEF|AGF EFA:|